Among the inhabitants are Marty Jodhi May , a plainish peasant girl forced to sell her hair to wig-makers, self-made timber merchant Melbury Tony Haygarth and taciturn woodsman Giles Rufus Sewell , for whom Marty has long held a silent torch. Marty and Giles live in cottages owned by the local lady of the manor, Mrs. Enter the apparently sincere, handsome young doctor FitzPiers newcomer Cal MacAninch , and soon Emily is hitched and off on her honeymoon.
Only when she returns do cracks start to appear in her happiness — FitzPiers revealing himself as a snob and philanderer — and the deep-seated attraction between her and Giles comes back into play. Charmond — have clearly lost out in the editing. Despite those faults, the narrative and characters hook the viewer from early on, not least thanks to an engrossing tech package.
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Walker makes the most of her under-drawn role, and MacAninch skillfully makes a sympathetic character from the potentially weaselly role of the doc. May unfortunately gets few chances to develop her sidelined role of the peasant girl.
For the record, pic was shot in southern England rather than tax-break locations, mostly Dorset, Wiltshire. Production : A Pathe Distribution in U.
International sales: Film Four Intl. Produced by Barney Reisz, Phil Agland. Directed by Phil Agland.
Screenplay, David Rudkin, based on the novel by Thomas Hardy. Reviewed at London Film Festival, Nov. Running time: 96 MIN.
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